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The Banner Saga and Darkest Dungeon-Like Title Ash of Gods Fully Funded on Kickstarter

Success comes to AurumDust Studio’s Kickstarter campaign for Ash of Gods, a turn-based RPG inspired by games like The Banner Saga and Darkest Dungeon. The first stretch goal is in sight. …Read More The post The Banner Saga and Darkest Dungeon-Like Title Ash of Gods Fully Funded on Kickstarter by Jordan Loeffler appeared first on DualShockers.

Moonlighter Preview — A Dungeon Crawler With Rich Taste

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Best Indie Games From E3 2017 That We Don’t Want You to Miss

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LUCAH Looks Like An Action RPG Set Inside A Lite-Brite From Hell 

GIF After working on the game for some time, the creators of LUCAH have taken to Kickstarter to fund the rest of horror-inspired light-show’s development. It also has a new trailer that plays like a commercial for glow in the dark magic markers on acid. Clearly there’s something special going on here. Described as a nightmare action RPG about finding oneself (with the ominous tagline “it loves you/it needs you/it hates you”), you apparently spend most of the game fighting malevolent shadow creatures hell-bent on destroying you. Think survival-horror in the vein of Don’t Starve but with an emphasis on slashing through obstacles rather than resource cultivation. GIF The game will be based around isometric combat with both melee and long-range options. According to the Kickstarter page, in addition to parry and evasion abilities, the game will also include a rewind mechanic that allows players to fix mistakes by reversing time. And naturally, it’ll have a level-ups, a skill tree, and abilities that can be mixed and matched to try can cater to different play-styles. Advertisement Advertisement But back to READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Neuro Voider is coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year it’s co-creator confirmed on Twitter t

Neuro Voider is coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year it’s co-creator confirmed on Twitter t Neuro Voider is coming to the Nintendo Switch later this year it’s co-creator confirmed on Twitter today. The colorful twin-stick shooter you probably missed when it came to Xbox One, PS4, and PC in March features four player coop and will have auto-aim for the Switch version. Kotaku weekend editor. You can reach him at ethan.gach@kotaku.com READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

E3 Show Stealer’s Old Political Tweets Spark Internet Firestorm, Apology

The Last Night Several E3 attendees and viewers were blown away by cyberpunk indie title The Last Night’s E3 debut trailer, but the game quickly became the center of a storm of Twitter controversy when viewers noticed that its co-creator, Tim Soret, seemed to be a Gamergate supporter. “Well, there goes my interest in The Last Night,” a Twitter user wrote above some screenshots sampling Soret’s tweets from 2014. Soret’s older tweets stated, “I’m against feminism. . . I am for egalitarism. I don’t care, boy, girl, alien,” and “The Gamergate people are for journalistic integrity.” More old tweets described The Last Night as a game meant to “show the danger of extreme progressivism” in a “cyberpunk world where modern feminism won instead of egalitarianism.” In less than an hour, Soret’s newfound critics were abuzz, sparking some public renunciations of The Last Night and its co-creator. Soret swiftly defended himself, tweeting: “I completely stand for equality & inclusiveness.” Four hours later, he added, “In no way is The Last Night a game against feminism or any form of equality. A lot of things changed for me these last years.” Advertisement At E3’s PC Gaming Show this afternoon, Soret began his…

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Framed, a very cool mobile game about moving the panels of a comic to change a story, has a sequel o

Framed, a very cool mobile game about moving the panels of a comic to change a story, has a sequel o Framed, a very cool mobile game about moving the panels of a comic to change a story, has a sequel on the way. Luke Plunkett is a Contributing Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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5 Best PS4, Vita, PSVR Games of Bitsummit 2017

There were too many games and too little time to play them all when I visited Kyoto-based indie game conference Bitsummit. Here’s a small collection of great PlayStation 4, PSVR, and PS Vita games I played at the show: I had a little more to say about PSVR’s horror game Stifled, so check out that preview separately. Man, I think I may have slipped into like a really boring version of myself because I simply can not think of a way to close this. Um, indie games are super cool I guess? READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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Developer Hell: Satisfying Investors, Refusing to Release Buggy Games, And the Immense Stress of Game Dev (Super Rude Bear Resurrection, Alex Rose Interview)

Super Rude Bear Resurrection is finally out on PS4 (check your local PSN), after what has felt like a wait time of forever. When I played it in late 2016, it was the third year in a row I’d played a new demo. Apart from Final Fantasy XIV, it was the only game I had seen — playable — at three consecutive Tokyo Game Shows. Guess which one has the bigger team and budget? Now, as one with such a history with this game and, expectedly, its developer, ethical conflicts prevent me from telling you that this game which I love is awesome and also rad, so I can’t tell you that. I will, however tell you about an amusing interview…type conversation I had. I approached SRBR‘s solo developer, Alex Rose and said, “You really look like hell.” “Do I?” he asked in reply. Alex told me about his intense schedule as the game’s one-and-only developer as well as the main marketer. He’d at times spend a whole month on the road promoting the game, which isn’t a problem in itself, but if you’ve ever traveled for work, you can imagine stuff gets in the way of something as attention-demanding as professional level READ…

Golf Story

Golf Story Is Another Twee Indie Game Headed To The Switch

A golf Game with delightfully precious-looking sprites and vibrant-pixelated greens? Yes, please. Created by Sidebar Games, Gold Story mashes together leisure sporting events with simulated town life in what seems like a modern day Town & Country Surf Designs: Wood & Water Rage crossed with Stardew Valley, because what’s a game these days without weird NPCs always trying to tell your their problems? Here’s the reveal trailer released yesterday: On the game’s site, Sidebar writes, Here are some of the things you can do in the game: Tee up anywhere! You’ll be surprised by how many problems can be solved by hitting a golf ball at them. Explore 8 unique environments, each with their own courses, towns, people and secrets. Play through a dramatic story with a diverse cast of characters. Upgrade your golfer by completing challenges, solving puzzles and buying new equipment. Round out your skill set with long driver tournaments, disc golf, mini golf and wee links. Then go beyond golf with extra challenges like races, mowing, drone flights and geocaching. There’s no official release date yet but the developer says it’s planning on bringing Golf Story to the Switch READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Killers & Thieves Is A Game About Medieval Burglary

This is one of the nicest video game surprises I’ve had in a long time. Stoic, creators of the excellent Banner Saga, dropped a game on Steam this week out of almost nowhere. And it’s pretty good! Killers & Thieves is a game made by Stoic co-founder Alex Thomas, and is all about the daily operations of a thieves guild. Like a Darkest Dungeon Lite, without the combat and depression. Taking charge of a roster of thieves, acrobats and knife-wielding cutthroats, you need to manage their HQ, send them out on missions, recruit new members and work your way through a campaign. The game is split into two sections. There’s a management aspect, which you play via a gorgeous cutaway illustration of your thieve’s HQ and some lush top-down maps, but you’re also directly responsible for the missions you send everyone out on. Advertisement The missions are played in real-time from a side-scrolling perspective, with the idea being you need to manage your thieves (who each have various skills) to get them in the right place at the right time, so they can pull off heists as quickly READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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An Arcade Shooter That's Anime As Hell

GIF Meka On is a “run-and-gun-and-sword-and-weeb-and-zoom-boom-fwoosh mecha brawler” available on PC, Mac, and Linux. Players guide a giant robot through endless waves of enemies. It’s a delicious slice of arcade fun, full of explosions and laser swords. Anime as all hell, it’s a perfect Indie Pick. I have a special place in my heart for giant mechs. There’s just something about them that’s inherently cool. Meka On (stylized as メカ-ON!) doubles down on the mystique and excitement of giant mech combat, streamlining it into a satisfying twin stick experience. Armed with a sword and blasty laser cannon, all you have to do is survive as long as possible. Waves grow larger and larger, and there’s even a dangerous and adorable boss bunny to defeat. GIF Meka On is a prototype, but it exudes a lot of style. Fractal Phase also designed another Indie Pick, the flashy arcade flight game Sky Rogue. Meka On follows a very similar road map: take something cool (planes in Sky Rogue, robots here), create a solid core gameplay loop, and add a bit of charming flair. Fractal Phase excels at capturing a clear feeling of time and READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Blasphemous Is Basically A 2D Dark Souls

GIF There’s a Kickstarter campaign for Blasphemous, a game which looks very cool for a number of reasons, but mostly because it looked like some guys went “hey we should make a side-scrolling Dark Souls” then actually went and did it. Here’s the pitch: Blasphemous is an action-platformer that combines the fast-paced, skilled combat of a hack-n-slash game with a deep and evocative narrative core, delivered through exploration of a huge universe comprised of non-linear levels. But perhaps of more interest to you, as someone who can’t actually play the game (yet), is pixel art like this: GIF and this: GIF and this: GIF The development team—the same studio behind The Last Door—are looking at bringing Blasphemous to PC, with stretch goals present to try and get it to console as well. Advertisement Advertisement Blasphemous is asking for $50,000. You can back it here if you want. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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2D Roguelite Sons of the Void Kickstarter Campaign and Steam Greenlight Launch

Indie developer Grogshot Games announces the Steam Greenlight release and Kickstarter campaign of its roguelite, squad-based 2D dungeon-crawler with RPG elements: Sons of the Void. …Read More The post 2D Roguelite Sons of the Void Kickstarter Campaign and Steam Greenlight Launch by Jordan Loeffler appeared first on DualShockers.